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Score 9 out of 100

SolarWinds Security Event Manager (SEM)

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Likelihood to Recommend

Netwrix Auditor

Netwrix Auditor is well suited to perform audit data collection on many types of servers that require audit data to be collected. It runs fairly quickly and usually informs you if something went wrong in the data collection. They do need to have better documentation and some form of internal documentation to help the users who understand what is happening in their system to help them through the process of figuring out when something went wrong.
Glenn Jones | TrustRadius Reviewer

SolarWinds Security Event Manager (SEM)

It is well suited to monitor your Windows AD. You can get detailed login information and notifications like failures and lockouts. It also shows the IP address where it occurs so it makes locating the culprit a lot easier. It does well with monitoring for suspicious activity. It can alert you if It sees a client is trying to circumvent DNS so they can go through proxy avoidance tactics.
Anonymous | TrustRadius Reviewer

Feature Rating Comparison

Security Information and Event Management (SIEM)

Netwrix Auditor
SolarWinds Security Event Manager (SEM)
8.0
Centralized event and log data collection
Netwrix Auditor
SolarWinds Security Event Manager (SEM)
8.9
Correlation
Netwrix Auditor
SolarWinds Security Event Manager (SEM)
8.3
Event and log normalization
Netwrix Auditor
SolarWinds Security Event Manager (SEM)
8.1
Deployment flexibility
Netwrix Auditor
SolarWinds Security Event Manager (SEM)
8.3
Integration with Identity and Access Management Tools
Netwrix Auditor
SolarWinds Security Event Manager (SEM)
8.3
Custom dashboards and views
Netwrix Auditor
SolarWinds Security Event Manager (SEM)
5.3
Host and network-based intrusion detection
Netwrix Auditor
SolarWinds Security Event Manager (SEM)
8.9

Pros

Netwrix Auditor

  • Netwrix Auditor sends out warnings to users when their passwords are close to expiring. This saves us some headache, because if they have any problems with changing their password, we can help them before they get locked out.
  • The notifications for multiple failed logons is a lifesaver. Very useful for spotting suspicious activity!
  • I love the way that you can create your own custom notifications and reports through the "Search" function. You can pick the "What", "Where", and "When" for the event you want to monitor and set up email email reports for them.
Matt Rogers | TrustRadius Reviewer

SolarWinds Security Event Manager (SEM)

  • SolarWinds easily provides the much needed visibily into changes in an Active Directory (AD) environment. Email alerting can be configured to alert a team if an account is locked out, disabled by another users, or if users and/or computers accounts are created.
  • SolarWinds allowed a searchable audit feature. Microsoft Windows can be configured to log many different parts of a system, but search those logs can be difficult. SEM allows you to search for specific users or events.
Adam Morrison | TrustRadius Reviewer

Cons

Netwrix Auditor

  • They have a screen capture function that I have never been able to get to work properly. However, I have never called their support on this issue so it is not necessarily a big ding against them. I am only mildly interested in this feature. We have enough network monitoring so I already know what my users are doing I don't need a capture.
Jon Gabriel Bolland II | TrustRadius Reviewer

SolarWinds Security Event Manager (SEM)

  • Compared to other SIEMs, there are features that are missing. Machine learning, automatic event correlation, ability to correlate multiple sources together.
  • The UI is clunky, and the *New* event log analyzer page felt really disjointed from the rest of the product.
  • In my experience, the dashboards were almost unusable. They persisted across login per device, and even then they sometimes would reset and go back to the ''Getting Started'' look.
Anonymous | TrustRadius Reviewer

Likelihood to Renew

Netwrix Auditor

Netwrix Auditor 8.0
Based on 1 answer
We have renewed already the licensing of the product minus SQL Server and Oracle Database because the organisation believes the modules are very expensive and have identified a different product for auditing DatabasesOther modules are very important like the User Activity monitor, AD queries that we can not get from the native AD itself or you have to run complicated powershell scripts!Easy to use interfacePre-defined ReportsEasy way to subscribe to important alerts e.g Privilege account group membership changes
Junie Johwa | TrustRadius Reviewer

SolarWinds Security Event Manager (SEM)

SolarWinds Security Event Manager (SEM) 7.3
Based on 1 answer
It is pretty likely that we will renew SEM when the time comes up. It is easy to use and maintain so there isn't much of a need to replace this product. It is also a pretty fair price for the capabilities provided by the SEM
Anonymous | TrustRadius Reviewer

Usability

Netwrix Auditor

Netwrix Auditor 8.0
Based on 1 answer
The product has user friend pre-defined queries which takes off the stress and horrors of having to query Active Directory with complex Powershell scripts!You can subscribe to certain functions when they are done and you get an alert e.g privileged accounts actions and you don't need to have programming skillsThe product has a desktop version of the software and donot have to login to the server all the time you need to use it.You can see very fast the posture of your environment of the overview screen and deduce what exactly is wrong and what has to be done
Junie Johwa | TrustRadius Reviewer

SolarWinds Security Event Manager (SEM)

SolarWinds Security Event Manager (SEM) 7.3
Based on 1 answer
After learning best practices of the SEM it is fairly easy to use and manage. Just the initial configuration and revision process can take some time. After about a month of using the SEM, I was able to navigate through most aspects of it with no problems. It just takes some hands on practice to best utilize the SEM
Anonymous | TrustRadius Reviewer

Support Rating

Netwrix Auditor

Netwrix Auditor 8.8
Based on 5 answers
Customer support has always been fast and helpful when we run into any issues. The smaller issues are usually resolved within a day or two. It is great support and I feel like I am in good hands anytime an issue comes up. However, we don't run into many issues
Anonymous | TrustRadius Reviewer

SolarWinds Security Event Manager (SEM)

SolarWinds Security Event Manager (SEM) 6.8
Based on 20 answers
Support for SEM is really good. For example, if the connector is not decoding the event correctly, SolarWinds will make a new connector to properly decode the event - this usually takes about two weeks. The support team is very knowledgeable about the inner workings of SEM and have full access to the system to resolve any internal issues.
Anonymous | TrustRadius Reviewer

Implementation Rating

Netwrix Auditor

Netwrix Auditor 7.0
Based on 2 answers
Make sure you trial the software and understand the fundamentals of each module that you are interested inMake sure you get the buy in from both Management and most importantly your team members (the product users) for a successful implementationWatch the webinars of the product from the product website
Junie Johwa | TrustRadius Reviewer

SolarWinds Security Event Manager (SEM)

No score
No answers yet
No answers on this topic

Alternatives Considered

Netwrix Auditor

Netwrix Auditor is a visibility and governance platform that allows you to monitor changes, configurations and access in IT infrastructure of important IT infrastructure components such as Active Directory, event logs, Exchange, Office 365, SQL Server, and others. Apart from that - what’s wonderful about this tool is that you can view before/after snapshots of your managed data. For instance, you can view Group Policy data as it existed before one of your colleagues made some blocking edits to the domain policy.
Anonymous | TrustRadius Reviewer

SolarWinds Security Event Manager (SEM)

There may be more intuitive/automated solutions in the marketplace but because we already had a good relationship with SolarWinds, we decided to ultimately go with SolarWinds LEM. There are many resources available to help you make SolarWinds LEM work just as you need it to. It has never crashed or ran out of resources so we believe it is a good solid product.
Roger Mialkowski | TrustRadius Reviewer

Return on Investment

Netwrix Auditor

  • Neutral on its effectiveness - Difficult to set up, poor support response from the supplier, but it does the basics well. We might not make the same decision with the benefit of hindsight.
  • If you lack technical skills in AD security and have little other choice for monitoring tools and automated alerts then this may be a good purchase for you.
  • With the stability issues that we are fighting with, I would say currently this has not yet met the business objectives set for this purchase.
Anonymous | TrustRadius Reviewer

SolarWinds Security Event Manager (SEM)

  • Faster turnaround when investigating access issues. LEM's search function allows you to quickly identify which ACL policy may be blocking a user's access - and as a result quickly resolve the issue.
  • Regulatory compliance. If you have regulatory compliance requirements for security monitoring, this product will likely check off a few boxes.
  • Stronger security posture. Not every company can afford a 24 hour Security Operations Center. Intelligent technology like LEM can help fill in those gaps to strengthen your security posture, and even allow for complex automated responses to threats during non-business hours.
Anonymous | TrustRadius Reviewer

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Pricing Details

Netwrix Auditor

General

Free Trial
Yes
Free/Freemium Version
Premium Consulting/Integration Services
Entry-level set up fee?
No

SolarWinds Security Event Manager (SEM)

General

Free Trial
Yes
Free/Freemium Version
Premium Consulting/Integration Services
Entry-level set up fee?
No

Rating Summary

Likelihood to Recommend

Netwrix Auditor
9.0
SolarWinds Security Event Manager (SEM)
8.3

Likelihood to Renew

Netwrix Auditor
8.0
SolarWinds Security Event Manager (SEM)
7.3

Usability

Netwrix Auditor
8.0
SolarWinds Security Event Manager (SEM)
7.3

Support Rating

Netwrix Auditor
8.8
SolarWinds Security Event Manager (SEM)
6.8

Implementation Rating

Netwrix Auditor
7.0
SolarWinds Security Event Manager (SEM)

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